The Use of Analogs as Learning Tools for Long-duration Human Spaceflight
About the Speaker
Pablo de León has been with UND for the last twelve years, first as a Research Associate, and starting in 2013, as an Associate Professor. Dr. de León holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in History of Science and Technology. He was the project manager of the NDX-1 Space Suit Program, the NDX-2 Lunar Suit Prototype, and the UND Inflatable Lunar/Mars Habitat. Pablo is the Director of the Human Spaceflight Laboratory at UND and the Science P.I. for the current NASA EPSCoR grant titled, “Multi-Purpose Research Station in North Dakota in Support of NASA´s Future Human Missions to Mars".
The use of analogs to investigate and mitigate risks during long duration spaceflight has been an accepted practice since the beginning of human spaceflight.
With NASA actively engaged in the planning of long duration manned missions, there is a need to increase the fidelity of existing analogs. It is particularly important to focus on analogs capable of supporting planetary operations, especially with the development of new systems designed to support the simulation and training required for these missions.
This presentation will cover the existing analog systems capable of supporting simulated long duration missions, and will also detail the new developments taking place with the UND Lunar/Mars Habitat and its conversion, from a one-module unit, to a multi-module research facility.
Grand Forks, ND
de León, Pablo, "The Use of Analogs as Learning Tools for Long-duration Human Spaceflight" (2016). Space Studies Colloquium. 60.